College of Optometrists in Vision Development welcomed 42 Fellows (FCOVD), and 25 new Certified Optometric Vision Therapists (COVT) of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. The newly certified will participate in a formal induction ceremony in conjunction with the 51st Annual Meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, April 5-9, 2022, to be held in Columbus, Ohio.

To become a Fellow (FCOVD), the doctor must have graduated from an Accreditation Council for Optometric Education (ACOE)‐accredited institution; been in active clinical practice for at least three years, at least two of which have included the direct diagnosis and management of vision therapy patients; completed 100 hours of relevant CE or a relevant residency program; successfully completed the guided study portion of the process set forth by International Examination and Certification Board (IECB) which includes 3 case reports and 6 open book questions as prescribed by the Fellowship Candidate Guide; and successfully completed the oral and written examinations according to the established criteria of the IECB.

This year, COVD welcomed the following new Fellows as the largest group of newly certified to date:

Marie Bolin, OD, FCOVD
Rebecca Charlop, OD, FCOVD
Jacob Dufour, OD, FCOVD
Kelsey Deitz Guth, OD, FCOVD
Elyse DeWitt, OD, FCOVD
Lisa Dok, OD, FCOVD
Kim Eckroth, OD, FCOVD
Sandra Farnham, OD, FCOVD
Sarah Hutchens, OD, FCOVD
Azadeh Kelly, OD, FCOVD
Sung Hee (Kelly) Lee, OD, FCOVD
Sheryl Lentfer. OD, FCOVD
Elizabeth McMahon, OD, FCOVD
Andrea Morton, OD, FCOVD
  Christina Murray, OD, FCOVD
  Daniel Nielson, OD, FCOVD
  Morgan Christopher Ollinger. OD, FCOVD
  Raelyn Ottenbreit, OD, FCOVD
  Shannon Pennifold, OD, FCOVD
  Tyler Phan, OD, FCOVD
  Alissa Proctor, OD, FCOVD
  Sloan Rajadhyksha, OD, FCOVD
  Daniel Rayman, OD, FCOVD
  Neil Renaud, OD, FCOVD
  Matthew Roe, OD, FCOVD
  Kelci Rolfstad, OD, FCOVD
  Danielle T. Roth, OD, FCOVD
  Christina Schiller, OD, FCOVD
  Sari R. Schwartz, OD, FCOVD
  Tamsyn Sitler, OD, FCOVD
  Jenna Steffen, OD, FCOVD
  Mamiko Fenella Pascual Sy, OD, FCOVD
  Alexandria Tilley, OD, FCOVD
  Sandy Tran, OD, FCOVD
  Laura Vasilakos, OD, FCOVD
  Amber Vinge, OD, FCOVD
  Laura Werner, OD, FCOVD
  Rae A. Winters, OD, FCOVD
  Elizabeth Wright, OD, FCOVD
  Yap Tiong Peng, MSc, OD, FCOVD
  Diana Yew, OD, FCOVD
  Yue “Rachel” Zhou, OD, FCOVD

To become a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT), an individual must work for a determined number of eligibility in office hours and must be employed by or under the direct supervision of an optometrist who has completed a fellowship (FCOVD) with the COVD International Examination and Certification Board (IECB), complete a guided study process that includes 9 open book questions, and pass a written exam and an oral interview administered by the IECB. The certification process provides an opportunity for optometric vision therapists to expand their knowledge and skills in providing vision care as related to development and behavior in optometric vision therapy.

This year COVD welcomed the following new Certified Optometric Vision Therapists:

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development extends gratitude to all of the mentors and employers of the candidates who worked diligently this past year to support and guide through this process, we thank you.

Devon Allen, COVT
Lisa L. Beals, COVT
  Aubrey Boss, COVT  
Melanie Bradshaw, COVT
  Michelle Brodston, COVT
  Shelley Butters, COVT
  Deborah Cheney, COVT
  Aundrea Connolly, COVT
  James DeHeer, COVT
  Kirsten Downey, COVT
  Pam Dworetz-Sofarelli, COVT
  Katelyn Harrington, COVT
  Loretta Kvam, COVT
  Sheridan Lantz, COVT
  Cherise Matz, COVT
  Taylor Moellenbeck, COVT
  Parshelia Shanta Narian, COVT
  Santana L. Prescott, COVT
  April A. Pugeda, COVT
  Erika Rogers, COVT
  Lorna J.C. Scott, COVT
  Radhika Sharma, COVT
  Michael Whetstine, COVT
  Kristina Wilson, COVT

And from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, a huge congratulations to all of the newly certified FCOVDs and COVTs!

For more information about certification, please visit https://www.covd.org/page/certification.